CHICAGO — The U.S. District Court and U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois will require vaccinations for employees, Chief Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer said Tuesday.
Employees who are not fully vaccinated will be required to wear masks at all times in the workplace, required to be tested twice a week for the virus and will be prohibited from work-related travel.
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“COVID-19 vaccinations are the very best available line of defense against this virus. Many of us work directly with the public, and all of us have a responsibility not only to one another, but also to the members of our community who come before us,” Pallmeyer said.
College student Peter Orfanos is vaccinated and supports efforts to stop the spread of the virus, but is unsure about mandating vaccinations for federal employees.
“I do still hold the belief that people should have the option of whether or not they get the vaccine. If they say ‘no’, at least if you have it, it protects you. Get the vaccine,” Orfanos said.
Andrew Bucci is a visitor from Pennsylvania and said he’s vaccinated, but is also resistant to the idea of employers forcing the shots on workers.
“I’m a big fan of the constitution, I do think it is against a constitutional right,” Bucci said.
All employees must attest to their vaccination status by August 16, 2021.